The government’s response to last year’s mass Black Lives Matter protests has been to produce a report denying the existence of institutional racism and to bring forward legislation to make many protests illegal.
The Police and Crime Bill would give to the police the power decide which protests are lawful and which are not, just like in Russia and China.
This is a blatant attack on our democratic right of freedom of assembly and the right to protest. We have to kill the bill.
The bill also targets the Roma and traveller communities – arguably some of the most marginalised communities in the UK.
But in truth there are only so many police and if the people say no and refuse to comply then their laws become a paper tiger.
The answer lies with resistance from black and white people together across all the social movements, such as Extinction Rebellion, the Women’s Movement (Justice for Sarah Everard, Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry!) and the trade union movement – and of course the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kill the Bill protests are taking place all over the UK today this May Day – join the fightback!
May Day is workers day – Black and white unite and fight!
Kill the bill protest – 1 May
London Trafalgar Square 12 noon
Aberystwyth Clock Tower 1pm
Bath Bath Abbey 2pm
Birmingham Victoria Square 11am
Brighton The Level 1pm
Bristol Castle Park 12 noon AND College Green 6pm
Cambridge Parkers Piece opposite police station 1pm
Chatham 11.30am top of Church St
Chichester Priory Park 12 noon
Coventry Broadgate 1pm
Eastbourne Hyde Gardens 1pm
Edinburgh The Pavilion Cafe 3.30pm
Exeter Bedford Square 1pm
Harlow Town Park showground 2pm
Hastings Cornwallis Gardens 12 noon
Haverfordwest Picton Fields 1pm
Lancaster Dalton Square 11.30am
Leamington Pump Room Gardens 1pm
Leeds Woodhouse Moor 3pm
Liverpool Derby Square 12 noon
Lowestoft opposite WH Smith 12 noon
Luton Market Hall 1pm
Manchester St Peter’s Square 4pm
Margate Nayland Rock Shelter 1pm
Middlesbrough Centre Square 1pm
Newcastle Grey’s Monument 1pm
Northampton Cobblers Last Statue, town centre, 1pm
Norwich City Hall 1pm
Nottingham Pavilion on Forest Recreation Ground 12 noon
Oxford Manzil Way Green 3pm
Plymouth Charles Cross police station 2pm
Portsmouth Guildhall Square 12 noon
Sheffield Devonshire Green 1pm
Shrewsbury The Quarry 1pm
Southampton Bargate 12 noon
Southend top of Pier Hill 1.30pm
Stoke outside Hanley bus station 1pm
Taunton Great Western hotel car park 12 noon
Tower Hamlets Bethnal Green Gardens 10.30am rally before attending central London demo
Truro Lemon Quay 2pm
Winchester Police station, top of High Street, 12 noon
York Minster 1pm
More updates here
Kill the bill!